Because my upcoming book is about grieving the losses of chronic illness and pain, I have been thinking a lot about grief lately. I pieced together some of my favorite passages of Scripture that talk about grief and sorrow. I love how Scripture deals with grief so honestly, leading us towards healing, and then allowing us to cycle back towards grief as new losses arise. I hope these words of Scripture bring encouragement to you as you walk through your loss and grief.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.1
My soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol. I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am a man who has no strength, like one set loose among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, like those whom you remember no more, for they are cut off from your hand. You have put me in the depths of the pit, in the regions dark and deep.2
It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart. Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.3
Therefore, I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.4
And [Jesus] opened his mouth and taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.5 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.6
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.7
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.8
In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.9
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.10
He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.11
“Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!12
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees. But if we hope in what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.13
 Psalm 31: 9, 10  Psalm 88: 3-6  Ecclesiastes 7:2-4  Job 7:11  Matthew 5:2-4  Psalm 34:18  Isaiah 43:2  Isaiah 53:4, 5  John 16:33b  Isaiah 51:11  Revelations 21:4  Revelations 22:20  Romans 8:18, 22-25
Check out the first booklet in the Chronic Pain and the Christian Life series, But God Wouldn’t I Be More Useful to You If I Were Healthy, on Amazon.com.